Teach Us to Want by Jen Pollock Michel audiobook

Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith

By Jen Pollock Michel
Read by Karyn O’Bryant

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Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200496617

  • ISBN: 9798200496594

  • ISBN: 9798200496600

Runtime: 7.69 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2015 Christianity Today Book Award

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

As Christians, we’re squeamish about desire. Isn’t wanting sinful and selfish? Aren’t we supposed to find and follow God’s will rather than insisting upon our own? The story of each person is a story of want—desires unmet, hopes dashed, passions pursued and ambitions fulfilled. Our wants cannot be ignored. But when desire is informed by Scripture and re-formed by our spiritual practices, it can root us more deeply in the fundamental belief that God is good and generous and can invite us into active kingdom participation. Jen Pollock Michel guides us on a journey of understanding who we are when we want, and reintroduces us to a God who gives us the desires of our hearts. That same good God calls us into a new reality in which we seek first his kingdom and righteousness, and we discover our disordered desires burned away while our truest longings are happily fulfilled and purified. The disciples asked Jesus to "Teach us to pray." This book asks, "Teach us to want."

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Jen Pollock Michel challenges conventional Christian notions about heeding desire. She helps us understand that what we want isn’t our enemy but can be one of God’s most powerful tools for shaping and directing us. We might easily think of desire as all bad, but Michel argues that desire, rightly understood, should be followed.” Christianity Today
“Offers a meditation on what it means to walk the line between dismissing our desires as evil and abandoning ourselves to them. The book’s mix of narrative and biblical reflection nudges us into deeper contemplation of our desires, God, and the ends toward which our desires are driving us.” Relevant Magazine
“[The] thesis that desires are God given and, therefore, have the potential for good is expertly handled by narrator Karyn O’Bryant…Her inflections and dramatic pauses help strengthen Michel’s arguments for inviting God into the process of handling desires…O’Bryant’s energy and enthusiasm enhance this production. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Jen Pollock Michel

Author Bio: Jen Pollock Michel

Jen Pollock Michel is a writer, speaker, and mother of five. She is a regular contributor for Christianity Today’s popular her.meneutics blog and also writes for Today in the Word, a monthly devotional published by the Moody Bible Institute. Her writing has also appeared at Relevant, InTouch magazine, Today’s Christian Woman, and Gifted for Leadership. She earned her BA in French from Wheaton College and her MA in literature from Northwestern University. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her family.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Runtime: 7.69
Audience: Adult
Language: English